Recently, I wrote an essay that asked whether current environmental conservation strategies are misguided or on target I questioned the two most prominent conservation strategies suggested by the scientific community. I concluded that both strategies failed to address the preservation of Nature’s energy flow. I suggested that both strategies would fail to maintain a healthy environment. The result would be a degradation of Earth’s living systems.
I write the essays in this blog site to invite dialog and develop ideas. With this essay, I was richly rewarded with comments from Roger Eaton of “Voices of Humanity“. He noted that:
” I have posted my thoughts at https://voh.intermix.org/items/2702/view. “
I believe that Roger Eaton’s thoughts are important enough to be repeated in a separate blog post. It is for this reason that I write this essay. Mr. Eaton says:
“This is a must read article written by William Graham in his Web of Life blog in November of 2017: http://www.freshvista.com/2017/are-environmental-conservation-strategies-misguided-or-on-target.
Many people are understanding now that the straightline human economic system, where resources are pillaged from planet earth, used, and then discarded as waste, is a formula for a doomed civilization. And solutions, circular economy, multi level projects to draw down CO2 and so forth are coming into vogue.
But the fundamental insight that nature is a living system of energy flows is not sufficiently appreciated. We need to realize the central importance of keeping the natural world connected to itself so the energy can flow with the least possible interruption by the human economy.
All the efforts toward a circular economy and CO2 draw down and so forth can fit within a larger picture of maintaining and restoring the connections in nature. But we need to keep that larger picture in mind at every step. We need to understand that as a living system, Planet Earth is not going to be under our control. My own input here is to say: influence, yes, but control, no.”
In the course of our dialog, Roger Eaton suggested that he change the word “influence” to “positive steps”. As a result, his last sentence would now read “My own input here is to say: positive steps, yes, but control, no.”
I am very grateful to Roger Eaton for his comments.
Why Do I Write These Essays?
Life on Earth exists because energy that originates with our sun flows from one creature or plant to another. Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. This movement of life’s energy takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. In order to function as a steward of Nature, one must possess a consciousness of this basic fact.
Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you.
If, after reading this essay, you find yourself embracing the idea that everything in Nature, including we humans, is interdependent, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.
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My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.